Bihar Human Rights Commission has ordered a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to Anil Kumar, a resident of Kothia village in Patna, for his illegal detention as a juvenile for over five years.
Anil was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by additional district and sessions judge, Patna, Ram Pravesh Chaubey in a 1990 murder case on November 1, 2006. He was a juvenile at the time of the incident. The court had also awarded three years’ rigorous imprisonment to Anil, who was held guilty under Section 302 (murder) of IPC and Section 27 of Arms Act.
On Tuesday, commission chairperson Justice (retd) S.N. Jha passed an order and directed the principal secretary of the home department, Amir Subhani, to ensure payment of compensation to the victim within six weeks.
“The commission should be apprised of the compliance of its order by the state government within the third week of November this year,” Justice Jha said.
He also directed the officials to provide copies of the order to the principal secretary, home department (special), and the registrar general of Patna High Court with immediate effect.
Anil had filed a petition before the commission in May 2012 after the high court set aside the order of the additional district and sessions judge, Patna.
The high court’s order came in the wake of an appeal against the verdict of the lower court.
A division bench passed the order on March 5, 2012, holding that Anil should not have been tried, along with other accused, because he was 13 at the time of the incident.